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Offline reiofsun

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Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
on: October 06, 2015, 02:50:41 AM
I'm currently trying to find some pieces to play with a violinist and a cellist at my school. This will be our first time playing together, though we've all been studying music for quite some time.

For reference, some of the pieces we are currently working on individually: the violinist is currently working on a couple of the Paganini caprices, the cellist is working on the Elgar cello concerto, and I'm working on the Mendelssohn piano concerto in g minor.

I've been looking at the Mendelssohn trios, the Beethoven Ghost trio, the Rachmaninoff Trio Elegiaque in g minor, and the violinist mentioned Shostakovich's trios as possibilities as well.

1. Any other suggestions for possible pieces?
2. What are your opinions on the piano part for the Shostakovich trios? I'm not particularly familiar with them :-\ (listened to them a couple times) but any tips or warnings or anything else is welcome. 
Bach Prelude/Fugue 6 WTC2
Mozart Sonata k.331 mvt.1
Schubert Lebenssturme & Sonata A Major d664 mvt.1
Mendelssohn Concerto 1 & Trio 1
Saint-SaŽns Concerto 2
Bartok Suite op. 14

Offline rubinsteinmad

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 02:53:50 AM
Not exactly a "trio", but my favorite thing written for piano, violin, and optional cello is Mozart's K14. The cello part has only been recently discovered, so you may have trouble finding it.

I'm not a big fan of piano trios/quartets/quintets, though.

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #2 on: October 06, 2015, 03:21:25 AM
I don't have any tips or warnings, but I LOVE the Shoshtakovich e minor trio. That's what I would do.

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #3 on: October 06, 2015, 04:37:01 AM
I have become enamored with tangos

Oblivion by Piazzolla



Score - Oblivion
https://en.scorser.com/I/Sheet+music/300185341.html

Piazzolla, Libertango trio
https://www.shazam.com/track/56989424/libertango-for-violin-cello-and-piano

Found this program for violin, cello and piano... lots of suggestions
https://www.elixirensemble.com/previous-seasons/

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #4 on: October 06, 2015, 05:15:36 AM
I don't think you can go wrong with any of Mendelssohn's or Beethoven's trios.  Also Brahms!  His chamber music is quite something and I love all three of his piano trios.  And Schubert - E flat major and B flat major! Schubert would be more difficult to tackle I think because these pieces are so legendary.  The core of any well established piano trio's repertoire.

However, my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE piano trio is Ravel's, but each part is tremendously difficult alone, not to mention coordinating them and interpreting together.

Shosatakovich's are also awesome but maybe too ambitious for your first time playing together.

Hidden gem: Faure piano trio in D minor <3

Haydn and Mozart have trios but I don't know much here.

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #5 on: October 06, 2015, 05:21:05 AM
Sorry, but I forgot to mention Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.  Cornerstone pieces of the piano trio rep.

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #6 on: October 07, 2015, 02:04:08 AM
I've been enjoying the Arensky Trio in D minor a lot lately.  It's not as well known as trios by Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn but I think it can hold its own.

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #7 on: October 07, 2015, 02:36:50 AM
There is one by ole' Freddy Chopin, if that peaks your interests.
Otherwise, I say do one of the Mendelssohn.

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #8 on: October 07, 2015, 10:09:00 AM
You gotta do Suk! I mean c'mon just listen to it!!

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #9 on: October 07, 2015, 09:36:16 PM
Beethoven; all works for piano trio
Mendelssohn: both trios
Schumann: all three trios
Brahms: as Schumann
Tchaikovsky / Magnard / Faurť / Ravel / Shostakovich (both) / Bridge (both) / Ireland (all three) / Reger / Marx / Suk / Roslavets and so very many, many others, far too numerous to list! It's a very rich seam to tap...

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #10 on: October 08, 2015, 02:38:43 PM
you can always ditch the violin, bribe a flute and do this
 8)

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Re: Suggestions for piano trio repertoire?
Reply #11 on: December 04, 2015, 03:44:38 AM
Wow, sorry for the super late reply   :(

Thank you for all of your suggestions! We decided on playing Mendelssohn's first, and it's going pretty swimmingly thus far. I will definitely keep the others in mind for future projects as well, though!
Bach Prelude/Fugue 6 WTC2
Mozart Sonata k.331 mvt.1
Schubert Lebenssturme & Sonata A Major d664 mvt.1
Mendelssohn Concerto 1 & Trio 1
Saint-SaŽns Concerto 2
Bartok Suite op. 14
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